Un-Cruise Adventures vs The Family Adventure Company - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 4
Value — 3.9
Guide — 3.9
Activities — 3.9
Lodging — 3.9
Transportation — 3.9
Meals — 3.9
Recent Reviews

Topnotch service

5.0 August 2015
KS
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'd give Un-Cruise more stars if that was an option. I was on the Quest October 2013 for the British Columbia itinerary. The level of service from the crew (8 crewmembers for 13 passengers) was top-notch. The food was imaginatively prepared. They took special requests without hesitation. Activities were plentiful and varied. It tells you how much the passengers enjoyed this cruise that out of 13, 7 passengers put down deposits on a future cruise before we left the ship. I can't wait for my next Un-Cruise Adventure.
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Wilderness Explorer

5.0 August 2015
PS
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was the lucky winner of the "Alaska Magazine" cruise contest. We took our cruise in August, 2012. We did the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay, Sitka to Juneau cruise. It was AMAZING!! We LOVED the casual atmosphere. The crew was fun and very knowledgeable about the area. Our cabin was very comfortable and had a huge window over looking the water. The humpback whales came up close and personal many times to entertain us. We saw orcas, puffins, bald eagles, bears, wolves, otters, and too many other animals to list. Kayaking in Glacier Bay and the skiff rides dodging floating ice was something I never thought I'd experience. It was a little rainy during our trip, but that didn't stop us. We were prepared with our rain gear and boots and had a wonderful time in the rain and fog. The small ship is a great way to make new friends and memories to last a life time. I would highly recommend this to everyone. The big cruise ships are nice, but the casual atmosphere and the adventures on this cruise beat out docking in ports to shop, etc.
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Wilderness Explorer

5.0 August 2015
TS
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our cruise was from May 25-June 1, 2013 aboard the Wilderness Adventurer. It was the trip of a lifetime! Alaska is so beautiful and everyone we met was so friendly, from the people at the hotel we stayed at to all the crew members! The crew greeted us at the dock and made us feel at home right away. We wanted a cruise that was informal ( I hate wearing a suit) and full of adventure. This cruise was just the ticket! We hiked, kayaked, whale watched, saw Orcas, Mt. Goats, seals and all other kinds of wildlife. The scenery was awesome! We walked on a glacier, saw the glacier calving, kayaked past icebergs, hiked in the wilderness! We were able to even take a float plane trip out of Yes Bay! We took thousands of pictures because everywhere you tuned it was awe inspiring! We went places no big ship could go. Made friendships that will last a lifetime on board. It was the trip of a lifetime! You can't get this kind of service, care or treatment from a big cruise ship. We 're already planning on a return trip with Un-Cruise! A special thanks to the crew of the Wilderness Adventurer- Capt. Rod, Amy, Trevor, Sarah , Sara, Amber, Cory, Melanie, Jess, Heather, Mark, Andrea, Gavin and all the rest of the crew.
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The company provided an excellent pre tour service

5.0 December 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The company provided an excellent pre tour service and the information sent was accurate and useful. I would definitely look at using them again and recommend them to any family.

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I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday

5.0 April 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was very impressed with the Family Adventure company in terms of the holiday delivered which was exceptional. The booking and pre-holiday experience was fine although it would be better to have a specific contact to email rather than just to phone the general number with queries.
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Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective

4.0 April 2016
A
Recommends
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Booking and customer service were good. From a child's perspective, FAC were not as welcoming. Another company we have travelled with sent a welcome pack with a travelling companion (soft toy) and activities to do while travelling. When on the holiday this company also catered more for families needs e.g. more frequent stops when travelling for food and toilets, without parents having to ask. The stops were also at more sensible times e.g. making sure there was a stop at lunch time (12.30ish), rather than early afternoon (1.30 onwards). Children (and adults) get irritable if they've not eaten making the journey more stressful.
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Tours 16 Trips 14 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 411 $ 160
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • Adventure
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA 1 Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, England
Year Established 1996 1996
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About Un-Cruise Adventures

    Formerly American Safari Cruises, Un-Cruise Adventures changed its name in 2013 to reflect its philosophy: You won’t be on a conventional cruise with us. Un-Cruise has an eight-ship fleet that includes expedition vessels, yachts, and one replica 19th-century coastal steamer. None of the ships holds more than 88 passengers, and one carries a maximum of 22. Most are in the 40-to-70-passenger range. Experts such as National Park Rangers in Alaska often come on board to give lectures and answer questions, and guides often try to arrange cultural encounters with local people.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Un-Cruise Adventures combines water-borne adventure with small-ship intimacy and casually clothed luxury. It’s an unusual combination that sets them apart from most other cruise lines. On-board service is personalized and excellent with a high crew-to-passenger ratio, and guides are extremely knowledgeable. Ambience on board is relaxed; you never need to dress up. Once you’ve taken an Un-Cruise, you may find it difficult to return to “regular” cruising. 

    Who Travels With Them? 

    Adventurous and active travelers of any age can enjoy an Un-Cruise. Un-Cruise does attract primarily upscale passengers, though if you travel in the offseason and choose one of the lesser-category cabins, their prices are competitive with other small-ship cruise lines. (And more amenities are included in the base rates than on many other lines.)  Un-Cruise also offers family trips.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Un-Cruise “adventure cruises” sail Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, the Pacific Northwest (Coastal Washington state and British Columbia), and Central America (Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, including a complete crossing from the Atlantic to Pacific). They also run river cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers of the Northwestern U.S. Un-Cruise Adventures like to get off the beaten path, and, using small ships, they can do just that.

    How Does It Work?

    Kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, hiking, and going out in skiffs to watch for whales or other marine life are typical activities, depending on the destination. There’s also plenty of time to be out on deck, read in the lounge, or chat with fellow passengers at cocktail hour and over meals. 

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you don’t like waiting in line to embark or disembark your ship; want to get to know many of your fellow passengers; prefer itineraries flexible enough to, say, go in search of whales if the captain spots some in the distance; believe in the “leave no traces” style of travel; enjoy good food and service; and want to bring home intimate knowledge of a destination rather than just souvenirs, then an Un-Cruise may be right for you. 

    About The Family Adventure Company

    Founded two decades ago and based in the UK, The Family Adventure Company specializes in small group family adventure vacations. The company is now part of the global adventure travel operator Intrepid Travel, and trips are offered through Intrepid as well, allowing them to greatly expand their range.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    With more than 20 years’ experience, The Family Adventure Company helped pioneer the concept of small-group adventure travel for families with young children. Activities are wide-ranging, from river rafting and kayaking to cycling, sailing, camping, and wildlife viewing, all geared to the ages and interests of the family travelers.

    Who Travels With Them?

    A wide variety of families, including solo-parent, single-child, multi-generational families -- parents, children, and grandparents traveling together -- and families with teenagers. The latter have dedicated trips of special interest to teens.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Much of the world: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

    How Does it Work?

    No matter where you travel, The Family Adventure Company provides an English-speaking, family-friendly local leader. Lodging, transportation and activities are also included. Tours typically consist of three or four families with kids of similar ages or interests. (You can also put together your own trip with just your family or other families you’re friendly with.) Children 14 and under get a ten percent discount off adult prices; large families (over two kids) get another price break.

    Why Travel With Them?

    The award winning company offers a wide range of trips for a wide variety of families. Because they only cater to families, they know what kids like – and as any parent can tell you, nothing is more disastrous than a family tour not geared in any way to kids. The company also supports responsible and sustainable travel practices and gives back to local communities.

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